Putting God's Word into Practice…

1 Corinthians 8 Knowledge Vs. Love

on September 17, 2012

Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up (1b).  When I think of the phrase “puffs up,” I picture a giant air-filled blob.  It reminds me of those camp water blobs in lakes–one person is on it, another jumps onto it and the first flies off.  Having knowledge only is dis-unifying–there is only room for one!  It is soft and mushy.  It is deflatable when there are holes in it and pop-able when it is too full!  Knowledge can hurt others and is not absolute.  Whereas, love builds up.  It is strong, reliable, unbending, powerful, unifying, and helpful.

Absolute truths we must know:  There is one God, the Father from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist (6). And if anyone loves God, he is known by God (3).  When we belong to God, loving HIm and loving others is our first priority.

This chapter is speaking to food.  The people of Corinth would sacrifice choice animals to idols, but there was good meat left on the bone, so the pagan priests would sell it in the market.  Some believers “knew” they had a right to buy good meat even though it was offered to idols because the idols were not real and therefore the sacrifice was void.  Others “knew” that this was a violation against the one true God and felt it to be disrespectful.   Paul gives a news flash in verse 8:  Food will not commend us to God!

God is not concerned with rules–God doesn’t love rules, HE LOVES PEOPLE!  If what we “know” and act on causes someone else to stumble, we are behaving in an unloving matter and in so doing, sinning against Christ (12).  True love lays down personal rights for the greater good of the body of Christ!

Love is the first commandment and priority of every believer–it is over all!  God cares more about love than knowledge.  So in the battle of knowledge verses love:  Love wins!

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